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Finding & Using U.S. Census Data

A guide for finding and ulilizing data from the U.S. Census

About the American Community Survey

The ACS is an ongoing sample survey which began in 2005.  It goes to approximately 3% of households a year, as compared to the decennial census long form which went to 20% of households once every 10 years.  The ACS also covers more topics than the decennial census. 

Questions asked cover:
• Age
• Sex
• Race
• Family and Relationships
• Income and Benefits
• Health Insurance
• Education
• Veteran Status
• Disabilities
• Where You Work and How You Get There
• Where You Live and How Much You Pay for Some Essentials
• "Other Topics" related to people, households, families and housing

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Getting Data with American FactFinder

American Factfiner is the Census Bureau's main portal for accessing Census data. A new version of American Factfinder was released in January 2011.  Data sets will be migrated from Legacy Factfinder to the new Factfinder through fall 2011.  Legacy Factfinder will go dark in January 2012.

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